IODINE TO THE RESCUEAugust 21, 2008
IODINE TO THE RESCUE
Sometimes you have those hard situations when your client is doing everything you ask and following directions, and she is not responding to therapy and all the tests show the levels are in balance, and you ask what is going on. A year ago one of those cases caused me to lose a lot of sleep pondering what I might be missing that would make all the difference for this patient, she is exercising, fixing her diet, and reducing stress and apply her hormones but it just isn’t working. I checked with a colleague with whom I frequently share problems with from Canada and he asked me if I had checked the patient’s Iodine level. Of course, it hit me like lightening, Iodine is essential trace element required for hormone synthesis and it is so overlooked these days. Not surprisingly that patient was Iodine deficient, was supplemented with non prescription supplement and miraculously recovered in less than 2 months.
IODINE TO THE RESCUE!
Discovered by Frenchman; Bernard Courtois in 1804. The name originates from the Greek word “iodes” which means violet. Iodine deficiency is believed to be widespread throughout the world.
All cells in the body need iodine for proper functioning. All glands (thyroid, adrenal, etc.) especially need iodine for the production of hormones. Many believe iodine deficiency is a major cause of breast cancer and other diseases of the reproductive organs such as ovarian, uterus and prostrate cysts and cancers. Mainline Japanese population consume 13.8mg of Iodine per day, and Japanese women have one of the lowest breast cancer rates in the world, their diet includes large quantities of seaweed. Iodine levels in US soil have fallen 50 per cent over the past 50 years and soil in the US is deficient in iodine. The Great Lakes region has some of lowest soil iodine levels in the world and as a result, high levels of cancers related to iodine deficiency. I know of a physician in Madison Wisconsin who has been quite successful in treating fibrocystic breast disease (cysts in the breast) with iodide/iodine supplementation. In one case a 37 year-old woman with severe fibrocystic breast disease was completely cured after supplementing with 50 mgs of iodine a day for two months. Women with larger breasts need more iodine than women with smaller breasts. Other medical authorities agree that iodine deficiency can lead to fibrocystic breast disease and/or ovarian cysts.
Iodine can similarly reduce uterine fibroids and one of the first conventional medical treatments for severe fibroids was to paint the uterus with iodine.
Some other medical conditions associated with iodine deficiency are goiters, Graves Disease, Hashimotos Disease, fatigue and impaired immune system function. Iodine deficiency during pregnancy can lead to miscarriages and reduced IQ in surviving offspring.
The World Health Organization says that iodine deficiency is the largest single cause of mental retardation. Iodine also detoxifies the body by removing mercury, fluorides, chlorides, and bromides.
If iodine/iodide are so crucial in the body, why hasn’t there been more research studies published, I believe that because iodine cannot be patented there is no incentive for the drug companies to perform the research. Iodized salt and the iodine supplements usually found in health food stores contain the iodide form of iodine. There has been little success treating patients with only iodide. It seems the conventional medical establishment again has grossly underestimated the amount of a nutrient needed for good health. According to Dr. G. E. Abraham, “Of all the elements known so far to be essential for health, iodine is the most misunderstood and the most feared. Yet, it is by far the safest of all the trace elements known to be essential for human health. It is the only trace element that can be ingested safely in amounts up to 100,000 times the RDA. For example, potassium iodide has been prescribed safely to pulmonary patients in daily amounts of up to 6.0 gm/day, in large groups of such patients for several years. It is important however to emphasize that this safety record only applies to inorganic nonradioactive iodine/iodide, not to organic iodine-containing drugs and to radioiodides.”
Seafood and sea plants such as kelp (seaweed) are good dietary sources of iodine but few people in the US consume enough of these foods.
Summary of established conditions responsive to iodine supplementation: Fibrocystic breasts, Polycystic Ovarian syndrome, Hypothyroid, hyperthyroid, cognitive dysfunction (brain fog), Diabetes, heart rhythm problems including Atrial Fib, and Breast Cancer Prevention. Iodine is depleted by: fluoride, chlorine, bromine, thyroid hormone, pesticides.
We now do routine testing for iodine deficiency. When you are unresponsive to your hormone therapy you just might have an iodine deficiency. If you have questions, give me a call, my job is helping women restore their lives.